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Souped-Up Latkes and Three Other Takes on Hanukkah Classics

The very best version of a classic is a recipe to hold onto forever. The essentials for any Hanukkah menu, we found when we polled staffers around goop HQ, always include these four staples: Matzo ball soup, brisket, latkes, and challah. The lists of favorites varied from person to person, but nearly everybody mentioned these four.

So we set to work testing and retesting, frying up perfectly crispy latkes and slow-cooking the most flavorful, tender brisket imaginable. We even convinced our sample coordinator’s mom to give us her heavenly family challah recipe. We took a few liberties—our two latkes are goop-ified with sweet potato and zucchini and kale, and our brisket cooks in the crockpot—but each one is so delicious, we’re sure your Jewish grandmother will approve. Below, our recipes for each of the four Hanukkah must-haves; serve them alone, or round out the meal with your family’s favorite sides—just don’t forget the jelly doughnuts!

8 Nights of Feasting

  • Sweet Potato Sage Latkes

    Sweet Potato Sage Latkes

    This classic combo of sweet potatoes and sage does not disappoint. Cooked golden, crispy brown and served with tart-sweet applesauce, it’s the sweet savory combo we’re always chasing.


  • Zucchini Kale Latkes

    Zucchini Kale Latkes

    This super savory veggie-filled version of the classic latke was a real hit at goop HQ. It has everything you love about latkes (read: potatoes), plus, the crisp kale edges are so good. Slather on some chive sour cream and enjoy!


  • Chive Sour Cream

    Chive Sour Cream

    Sour cream is the classic accompaniment for latkes, but by adding a fresh herb like chives, you get a brightness that really adds depth of flavor to the dish.


  • Matzo Ball Soup

    Matzo Ball Soup

    These matzo balls are easy to make and wonderfully light and fluffy. Feel free to skip the carrot and onion if you’re a purist.


  • Challah


    We convinced goop staffer Melissa to share her family’s famous challah recipe, which her mom makes every Friday night. It’s definitely a labor of love (it proofs for 3-1/2 hours total) but it’s actually a great bread for novices, as the dough is pretty forgiving and the result is seriously impressive. This makes two loaves but any leftovers make excellent French toast.


  • Slow-Cooker Brisket

    Slow-Cooker Brisket

    Cooking brisket in the slow cooker is brilliant—flavorful sauce, meltingly tender beef, and very little effort. And since braised meat only gets better as it sits, we recommend making this the day before you’re going to serve it. Simply trim off the excess fat and blend the sauce in advance, then slice and reheat just before serving.